Serpentine root

Scientific name of Serpentine root: Rauwolfia Serpentina

Name of Serpentine root in different languages:-

English: Indian Snakeroot

Sanscrit: Sarpgandha

Hindi: Chota chand, Dhaval barua, Sarpgandhi

Malayalam: Amalpori, Sarpagandhi (അമൽപ്പൊരി, സർപ്പഗന്ധി)

Plant description:

Indian snake root or Sarpgandha is an erect, evergreen flowering shrub mostly found in the Western Ghats moist forests areas and shady forests in India up to 1200 meters altitude, it belongs the family of Apocynaceae, growing up to 0.2m to 0.6 m tall, stem has no branches and pale brown bark, leaves are 5 cm to 15 cm long and 1.5 cm to 6 cm, flowers are white or pale violet with 0.5 cm to 12.5 cm long blossom period is April to July, seeds are purplish-black when they are ripe. Roots of Indian snake root is used in many of Ayurveda medicines.

Useful plant parts:


Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate oblong Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Medicinal uses:

To treat Blood pressure, it is used as a sedative in Ayurveda treatments.

Chemical Content:

Serpasilin, Reserpin, Ajmaloon

How to prepare medicines with Serpentine root:

Indian Snake root is used in the  preparation of many of Ayurveda medicinal pills, decoction and medicated ghee are used in  several treatments. It contains reserpine, which is used in the  treatment of  high blood pressure and mental disorders like schizophrenia

The serpentine root is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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